This one-year top-up programme has been created in response to the increasing privatisation of many public services and the development of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), with the aim of addressing the skills gap faced by the private and voluntary sector tendering for and delivering these services.
This is a unique programme where you will not only learn about the significance of NOMS but also gain an understanding of how the service monitors and controls security, manages offenders and expands the provision of interventions to reduce re-offending.
This is a full-time course with around ten hours scheduled for taught sessions. This includes lectures and seminars. Therefore it is expected that you will use the remainder of the time for your independent study and work placement.
The learning outcomes seek to improve your employability by extending your intellectual and transferable skills and particularly by encouraging a focus on independent learning to solve real-life projects. These skills will equip you for a wide range of careers in the security and offender management industry.
The course will run with a minimum of 12 students. In 2019-20 we enrolled 16 students on this programme.
This course is delivered at the Derby College Roundhouse Campus on two days per week. Under current conditions it is expected that the majority of the first semester will be delivered online, with groups in attendance on-site in a three week rotation. As social distancing and lockdown conditions ease, there will be more delivery in person at the Roundhouse.
This course is regulated by OFS and the qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
All students get access to the UDO online platform, the Derby College Learning Resources Centre, the University of Derby library, and the College’s Moodle pages.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You should have one of the following:
You will also need:
Students wishing to progress from any other Level 5 qualification in a relevant subject will be considered on their own merit following a full mapping exercise.
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.
It is expected that students will undertake around 72 hours of work placement or experiences to enhance their overall employability skills.
The degree will be assessed through a range of assignments and exams which include essays, presentations, case studies, assessment reports, independent research projects and practical activities.
You need stationery and a USB flash drive. Having your own laptop is desirable.
Additional trips and visits are usually provided as part of your study programme. However, there may be social or team building opportunities which would incur additional costs of around £15-20.
On successful completion of the programme, students may choose to extend their studies and progress to other higher education provision such as a postgraduate course, provided that they meet the minimum threshold of that particular programme.
Alternatively, they may wish to seek employment in security and offender management related careers, such as the police service, probation services, prison service, social work or youth offending agencies. Some of these fields may require further study. There is also the option of pursuing a career within the voluntary sector, working in areas such as the rehabilitation of offenders or with victims.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Derby.
A mum-of-four and former single parent says the learning style and support of Derby College enabled her to gain a degree.
Lisa Pipes, 37, combined bringing up her young family with a two-year Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice and Offender Management. In her third year at the Roundhouse she combined that with a BA in Security and Offender Management to graduate with a 2.1.
Lisa had previously started a university geography degree but when she became pregnant with twins she found it too difficult to continue her studies.
Unlike university, she said College fitted in perfectly with school term times and she found that the level of support she received was “much greater.”
She previously worked in sales and banking, but her dream had always been to be a police officer. She is now applying to join the Derbyshire force.
Lisa, who remarried while she was at College, completed her work placement with the Derby charity Women’s Work, which supports disadvantaged and vulnerable women.
The lecturers are very passionate about what they do, and it really shows. Nothing is too much trouble. I’d always wanted to get a degree – a cap and gown and all that! – but I think as you get older you put obstacles in the way.
But if I can do it with four kids, I guess it shows it’s possible for most people. I made sure I made time for the kids and worked on my studies around them. I was a single mum and I also got remarried – so all sorts was going on.
I’d recommend Derby College, particularly if you are trying to juggle bringing up a young family.